33 Day Rosary Challenge

One of my favorite sites is Real Men Pray the Rosary a group dedicated to sharing the spiritual blessings of praying the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They post great daily meditations for the daily Rosary and really do a good job of spreading information about it.

And now Real Men Pray the Rosary has issued a 33 Day Rosary Challenge starting May 1, 2013.

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Here's why they are doing it...

Pray the Rosary daily. Not for 30 days but 33 days. 33 represents the number of years that Jesus dwelt among us in the fullness of his humanity. 33 constitutes a direct connection to the fullness of the Divine- made man, a connection to Jesus himself. One day of praying the Rosary for every year that Jesus gave us, setting aside his glory as God, and living and breathing and walking among us. Pray the Rosary daily for 33 days. Focus on the content of the mysteries. Meditate upon that Gospel story and apply the lessons to your life. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open your heart to receive the fullness of His mystery-the fullness of faith.

I know the daily Rosary has been a huge benefit for myself and really helps me get through tough days. It is extremely difficult being out "in the world" on a daily basis, where we can be constantly under attack. With the help of Our Lady, the Rosary can be a spiritual weapon to help us defend against these attacks. So I encourage you if you're not praying the Rosary daily, take up this challenge! You'll be glad you did!

  • Ed Hahnenberg

    The age of the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus is
    specifically mentioned in Luke 3: 23 as “about thirty years of age.”

    The common understanding is that Jesus’ public ministry lasted a little over three years, largely due to the references in John. However, Luke identifies the fifteenth year of the
    reign of Tiberius Caesar as the anchor year for John the Baptist’s appearance.Tiberius succeeded Augustus as emperor in 14 AD and reigned until 37 AD. The fifteenth year would have fallen somewhere between 27 and 29 AD. If Jesus’ public ministry begins with his baptism by the Baptist, 29 AD would seem to be a reasonable choice. Further, it is known that Jesus was crucified sometime
    between 26 and 36 AD, because this was the period of Pontius Pilate's governorship.Complex astronomical calculations reveal that during this period Nisan 14
    (Friday after Passover) fell on Friday twice, in 30 and 33 AD. So, why not 33 AD, instead of 30 AD for the year of Jesus’ death? This date would fit the three year public ministry theory. Two reasons: First, the relatives of Jesus
    did not believe in him (John 7: 5), even after the second Passover (John 6: 4). If Nazareth, only twenty miles from the Sea of Galilee, was the town near which his relatives lived, they certainly would have been curious to see him work a
    miracle. They would have heard about his miraculous powers in the space of a year. However, if the miracles, which occurred mostly in the triangle of towns
    bordering the Sea of Galilee (Capernaum, Bethsaida, and Chorazin . . . all within a few hours walk from each other), had been performedin a few months’ time, their skepticism might be understandable. Second, chapter six of John
    begins with the feeding of the 5000, followed by the discourse on the bread of life. Some scholars believe that placing the event of the Passover (the feast of unleavened bread) at the beginning of chapter 6 was an etiological method of tying the Old Testament to the church’s tradition of eucharistic celebration. Therefore, whether there really were three Passovers is open to question.

    Several scholars place the date of Jesus’ death at 30 AD. Thus, John’s second Passover would have been a literary device rather than a real event. It is interesting, finally, to note that there are two extreme views found in the early church fathers as to the length of the ministry of Jesus: St. Irenaeus (Contra Haer., II, xxii, 3-6) appears to suggest a period of fifteen years; the prophetic phrases, "the year of recompenses", "the year of my redemption" (Is., xxxiv, 8; lxiii, 4), appear to have persuaded Clement of
    Alexandria, Julius Africanus, Philastrius, Hilarion, and two or three other patristic writers to allow only one year for the public life.

    According to Matthew 2:1 and Luke 1:5, Herod the Great was still reigning asking over the Jews at the time of Jesus' birth. It is now known from other sources that Herod's death came in 4 B.C., soon after Nisan 1 of that year. Jesus must have been born within the two years prior to that, because Herod, after ascertaining the time of the star's appearance (Matthew 2:7), gave orders to execute all the male children who were two years old and younger (Matthew 2:16). Hence Jesus must have been born between 6 B.C. and 4 B.C.

    Conclusion: It is highly dubious that Jesus’ public ministry
    began in 30 AD and lasted 3 years.